Episode 8 of the Christianity Today podcast “The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill” illustrates the degree to which the restless, feather-swallowing (according to Luther) anti-canonical spirit has influenced modern evangelical theology, piety and practice. The Reformation principle (if not always its practice) was the sufficiency of the Scriptures for the
According to Mark Driscoll, when someone quite reasonably questioned the validity of his claim to have received a direct revelation, he scoffed. Who could doubt its validity, since it was in accord with Scripture and his aims were true? Well, any Reformed Christian would and should seriously question any claim made
The Mars Hill/Mark Driscoll debacle is well known. Many have listened to Christianity Today’s excellent podcast series The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill. The fall of Mars Hill is but another incident in a long series of scandals plaguing American evangelicalism. Why do such things happen over and over
Mark Driscoll embodied the anger and the ability to hold people through the power of shame in the same way experienced by those who had left structured Christianity to begin with. As Mike Cosper observes, Driscoll took a particular prop, women, and beat men into silent submission through guilt and
R. Scott Clark comments on episode 3 of Christianity Today’s podcast series on the Rise and Fall of Mars Hill: By any objective measure, Mark Driscoll was never Reformed. He was predestinarian, but he was never Reformed. I am sorry that Mike Cosper makes the assumption that all predestinarians are Reformed.